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113: Going Beyond Buildings to Create Social Impact with Chris Hildrey, Hildrey Studio & ProxyAddress

This episode was recorded prior to the current UK Lockdown.

This week I am speaking with the inspirational architect and designer Chris Hildrey, founder of Hildrey Studio and ProxyAddress.

Chris is passionate about creating a built environment that is socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable. He has spoken on television, radio, and in the Houses of Parliament about the role of design and the arts to effect positive social change.

In 2017, Chris became the first qualified architect to be chosen for the Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2018 he was named an RIBA Rising Star and became the youngest ever recipient of the RIBA President's Medal for Research. In 2019 he was named a RESI Trailblazer, was chosen to be a UK Department of International Trade delegate to Hong Kong, and was a judge for the Design Museum's 2019 Designers in Residence Programme. In 2020 he was named one of the Top 100 Changemakers by The Big Issue and made a trustee of the Museum of Architecture.

ProxyAddress is a database that can connect homeless people with an address from one of England's 500,000 empty houses so they don't lose access to vital services.Chris, created the system to provide people in England facing homelessness with a fixed address to register for services with.

In this episode you will discover:

  • Why charging by the hour doesn't always make sense
  • The language of assessing and communicating value for our clients
  • What is ProxyAddress and how it can impact the lives of 1000s

THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES

Discovery Call with BOA
https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall

Hildrey Studio
https://hildreystudio.com

ProxyAddress
http://proxyaddress.co.uk

Rion Willard
 

Rion Willard is the Host and Director of the Business of Architecture UK, an interview podcast where prominent guests share tips and strategies for success in architecture. He’s the founder of the The Thinking Hand Studio Architects a London based architectural design firm specialising in high end luxury residential.

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